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What Katy Did at School

What Katy Did at School [Kindle Edition]

Susan Coolidge
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Product Description

This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.


First published in 1872, this is the story of Katy and her sister who are to spend a year away at boarding school. On arrival the girls have an inkling that Hillsover might turn out to be rather different from their expectations. The author also wrote "What Katy Did".

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 200 KB
  • Print Length: 124 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1461047935
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Public Domain Books (1 Feb 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000JQUMQ2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #311,681 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping up with Katy 14 Nov 2004
Katy's tale could so easily have been preachy. Set in 1860s USA it's about a thoughtless, careless, happy girl who has a terrible accident. As she learns to live with pain and with not being able to walk, she also learns how to be patient and loving.
However, the lessons are interspersed with annecdotes about Katy and her family. These are so alive and colourful that I am sure they must be partly true! There's the time Katy befriends a counterfeiter's wife; an important visitor finds and reads aloud Katy's story about Bop the blue poodle and Lady Edwitha of the Hebrides; and her sister Johnny's 'baby', a chair named Pikery falls ill and must be dosed with stolen medicine.
I love the underlying message, which is that good deeds begin at home - think globally, act locally. After Katy falls ill, she lies in bed fretting that she will never be able to perform all the great deeds she hoped to do. However she learns that she can make a difference to her family and friends.
I love the honesty of it - although at the end Katy is adored by her family, she is still sometimes headstrong and impatient, and there are times when she must work at being good. I loved the fact that her change has not consumed the joyous, impetuous part of her and there are still merry times after the accident.
I would love to know what a person who has suffered a similar disablement thinks of this story.
Similar reads are L M Mongomery's Anne and Emily books, Laura Ingalls Wilder's pioneering stories and Louisa M Alcott's Little Women.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I like Katy 31 Dec 2009
By K. Iles
I actually really enjoyed this book. I know it's a bit old-fashioned now, and obviously things have changed a lot since this book was written. Girls aren't expected to be perfect little angels these days. But it's still a very sweet book. It was interesting to see Katy change from a rebellious little girl into a polite and kind young woman.
One thing about this book that I didn't really like was the ending. I thought the last chapter seemed a bit rushed, and it seemed to me like the happy ending was a bit of an afterthought, and slightly unlikely too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chidlhood revisited 7 May 2011
By Mrs O
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
When I saw that the series of five 'Katy' books was available for the Kindle, I downloaded them at once; as an added bonus, some of them were free. My old books were much-loved and read and reread and, many years after they went to a charity shop or a jumble sale, to read them once again was a lovely reminder of childhood. They are well-written, and not so aimed at children that a forty-something-year-old got bored.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What Katy Did... 19 Dec 2010
Katy Carr is a twelve year-old girl, a tomboy who lives in a small house with her father, aunt and five younger brothers and sisters. At first, the book appears to be about growing up; with the plays, antics and misadventures of Katy, her siblings and friend Cecy Hall. The cheerful tone present early in the story is swiftly replaced about halfway through after a tragic incident which makes the book take a darker outlook and it becomes a nail-biting page turner.

Well-written with great supporting characters including severe yet kindly Aunt Izzie, the siblings: Clover, Elsie, Dorry, John and Phil, each with a unique personality and my favourite character, the Carr children's sickly yet wise and patient Cousin Helen.

If you have read and enjoyed similar books such as Little Women or Anne of Green Gables, you should give this a try.

A light read of about 200 pages with a good message to it - but parents buying this book for a child should read it first and then decide for themselves whether their child will be able to cope with the slightly dark, melancholy and sad second half.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A much-loved classic now on Kindle (hurrah!) 17 Jun 2011
By tri5ia
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love this book and all the Katy series. I was just a little girl when I first read it and it quickly became one of my favourites. Sadly my much-read copy was lost when we moved, and I never replaced it. Now here it is for the Kindle, and I have just spent a very happy few hours renewing my acquaintance with the Carr family. A huge thank you to the transcribers.

Society and fashion may change, but people don't and I, a 20th century English child had no trouble relating to Katy, a 19th century American child. Now middle-aged, I love Katy just as much, and find her adventures just as enjoyable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Love story but not on Kindle 4 Jan 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was free with the Kindle and as it was one of my favourites as a child I decided to enjoy it again. Loved the story, missed the pictures, hated the conversion to Kindle format - lots of spelling mistakes and broke lines after every Mr. or Mrs. as if it needed a new paragraph.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best classics for young girls 8 Dec 2001
By A Customer
What Katy Did shows us American family life in old times with a simplicity everybody understands. Having read its Portuguese translation with 10 years old, I've found the orginal even more interesting, at 48.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood Memories 14 Oct 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I remember loving this book when I was little and my copy was so worn out, yet all I could remember of it as an adult was Katy falling off a swing at some point. It is a kids book but not so much that you can't enjoy reading it. Definitely a good quick read that doesn't take much effort. If you read this years ago, get it for your Kindle and enjoy your childhood memories coming back to you.
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Published 6 days ago by BLACK BESS
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
I loved this book. This book is good for every one even young children how like story s like this.
Published 8 days ago by kirsty Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars not the same as Nesbitt or Montgomery and quite triste ...
not the same as Nesbitt or Montgomery and quite triste for much of the last part but not uninteresting as a record of a slightly earlier period than they write about
Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of the sample from What Katy Did
The start was very gentle and relaxing, I wonder what is going to happen next. I actually chose to read this book because it's mentioned in the book 'My Sister Jodie' by Jacqueline... Read more
Published 27 days ago by MickyNicky
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality, arrived quickly
Good quality, arrived quickly. I am reading it to my daughter and it is very enjoyable. Reminds me of my childhood
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The oldies are the best ! Excellent
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Published 2 months ago by Anastasia Bird
2.0 out of 5 stars Its ok
Its ok
Published 2 months ago by KENNETH BURNETT
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